Congratulations to our 2025 Top Five Teacher of the Year Finalists!

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  • In November, 2023, 55 Horry County Schools (HCS) teachers were recognized by their peers as the Teacher of the Year for their respective schools and are now eligible to vie for the distinction of being named the HCS Teacher of the Year.

    Ten semifinalists will be chosen by the District’s Teacher of the Year Selection Committee after a review of written applications submitted by school winners. Following a further review of semifinalists’ portfolios and interviews with the committee, the group of semifinalists will narrow to five finalists. One of those five will be named the 2025 HCS Teacher of the Year. 

  • Ten semifinalists have been chosen from school-level honorees for the Horry County Schools Teacher of the Year distinction.

    The top 5 finalists are:

    • Joey Hernandez, Academy for the Arts, Science & Technology
    • Sandra Matthews, Conway Elementary
    • Brooke Hall, Loris High
    • Katie Suggs, Socastee Elementary
    • Chad Hamilton, St. James Middle
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About Horry County Schools

  • Horry County Schools is inspiring possibilities for student success through a broad range of unique teaching and learning opportunities.

    Horry (pronounced O-Ree) County Schools is made up of 56 schools within nine attendance areas: Aynor, Carolina Forest, Conway, Green Sea Floyds, Loris, Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Socastee, and St. James. Horry County Schools has more than 48,000 students and is South Carolina’s third-largest school district.